Buddhanimit Temple extension contains dormitory for novice monks

A team of local architects has added new amenities to a temple school in rural Thailand, using affordable materials and parts of an existing building to keep project costs down. Architects Skarn Chaiyawat, Rina Shindo and Witee Wisuthumporn designed a dormitory for the school at Buddhanimit Temple, which is located near the city of Udon

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Red concrete meditation space sits under pyramidal roof in rural India

This simple concrete temple in a village near the Indian city of Pune is topped with a pyramidal roof and incorporates a channel that allows ceremonial holy water to flow out into its lush surroundings. Designed by locally based Karan Darda Architects, the temple is located within an orchard of chikoo trees in a traditional farming region

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Bahá’í temple in Chile by Hariri Pontarini features torqued wings made of steel and glass

Sufi whirling dancers and Japanese bamboo baskets were among the references for this sculptural temple in Chile by Hariri Pontarini Architects. The Bahá’í Temple of South America is located just outside of Santiago, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. “Nestled in the rolling topography of the mountains and surrounded by reflecting pools and a landscape

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Colonnades frame landscaped courtyards at Buddhist retreat in rural England

This Buddhist retreat by Walters & Cohen Architects features a cluster of pitched-roof structures arranged around tranquil courtyards in the English countryside. The Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre is located on the site of a former farm in Suffolk and is operated by the London Buddhist Centre (LBC), which awarded the project to Walters & Cohen Architects following a competition in 2013. The London-based

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Buddhist temple in Tokyo upgraded by Satoru Hirota Architects

Satoru Hirota Architects has overhauled the site of a Buddhist shrine dating back to Japan’s Edo period, adding a triangular reception hall and a priest’s quarters with bare concrete walls (+ slideshow). The Tsunyuji temple was built sometime during the period between 1603 and 1868, but was destroyed during air strikes in the second world war and had to be More

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Kingston University students erect a Japanese pavilion in the garden of a museum

A scale replica of a gateway to an ancient temple in Japan has been constructed in the grounds of the Dorich House Museum in south London by architecture students from Kingston University. A team of 22 undergraduate architecture students from Kingston University – led by tutors Takeshi Hayatsu and Simon Jones – designed, prefabricated and erected the Japanese temple in the […]

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Wise Architecture erects bamboo temple on South Korean coast for victims of a ferry disaster

Each of the 304 ribs of bamboo that make up this Buddhist temple represent a victim killed when a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea – a disaster for which the captain has today been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison (+ slideshow). The prayer hall is dedicated to victims […]

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Furumori Koichi adds timber latticework to a concrete Japanese temple extension

A wooden latticed ceiling covers a space for storing funerary urns inside this concrete extension to a Japanese temple by Furumori Koichi Architectural Design Studio (+ slideshow). Furumori Koichi Architectural Design Studio added the 335-square-metre Myoenji Columbarium – a vault used to store cremation urns – to a Japanese temple in Fukuoka prefecture. The flat-roofed extension contrasts with the traditional […]

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